9 best PC monitors to buy [Samsung, Acer]

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by Matthew Adams
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What are the best PC monitors

Monitors, otherwise VDUs (Visual Display Units), can get outdated pretty quickly. So if your desktop is getting a little outdated, the VDU that came with it probably already is. However, what monitor should you go for in 2019?

Companies list various specifications for their VDUs. Resolution and refresh rate (otherwise the frame rate) are two of the more significant specs. A monitor with a higher resolution displays more pixels and has a sharper, more detailed picture quality.

However, most higher-res monitors usually have lower refresh rates, which is an important gaming spec. A monitor with a higher refresh rate will have a better frame rate (FPS) for smoother gameplay.

Another thing to note is whether a monitor has adaptive sync, which matches the GPU’s and VDU’s frame rates to eliminate screen tearing. A monitor might have Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync for Nvidia and AMD graphics cards.

Although they have the same effect, you must have an Nvidia graphics card for G-Sync and an AMD video card for FreeSync. A VDU’s G-Sync will not work if you have a desktop with an AMD graphics card.

The diagonal width of a VDU is another notable specification. Of course, the bigger the monitor the better; but you’ll need extra desk space to fit a more expansive VDU.

Some VDUs also have curved designs, which the companies that design them tell us gives the monitors a greater sense of immersion and a larger field of view.

Aside from that, panel type (IPS or TN), response time, and aspect ratio are other VDU specifications worth noting.

These are some of the best PC monitors for 2020 that generally have high specs.

What are the best PC monitors that are really worth the money?

ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q

  • HDR gaming monitor
  • 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • Fast IPS
  • 170 Hz refresh rate
  • G-SYNC Compatible
  • At 170 Hz, the monitor has flickering

ASUS is making gaming monitors for a while now and ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q is a proud member of that exclusive genre. And if you decide not to use it for gaming, it’s still an extreme performance HDR, 2560 x 1440 resolution monitor ready for any possible task.

It’s a G-SYNC compatible display with up to 170 Hz refresh rate and fast IPS technology. If you bring this 27-inch monitor on your desk it won’t disappoint.


Acer SB220Q bi

  • 21.5 Inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) monitor
  • Ultra-thin bezels
  • Radeon FreeSync technology
  • 4 ms response time
  • Very low price
  • Doesn't have Display Port

Acer’s SB220Q bi is a very affordable all purpose monitor that can really make the difference on your desk at home or at the office. It has a very thin frame that can make this display very eligible for multi display setups.

It comes with AMD’s FreeSync tehnology that will obliterate any stuttering and tearing while the 4 ms response time will also encourage you to try some gaming titles after work.


Dell Alienware 25 AW2518H

  • 240 Hz refresh rate
  • 1 ms response time
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible
  • Specific gaming OSD design
  • Expensive

The Dell Alienware 25 is one of the hottest VDUs for gaming in 2019. Although the monitor has a relatively standard 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, it has a fantastic response performance.

The 25-inch Alienware 25 boasts a 240 Hz refresh rate and a lightning one ms response time to ensure blur-free gameplay in games. Furthermore, the VDU has separate G-Sync and FreeSync models; so you can get one for a desktop with Nvidia or AMD GPU.

There are also alternative 25 and ultra-wide 34.14-inch Alienware 25 models.

As it’s the Alienware, Dell has given the VDU’s design an extraterrestrial theme. The Alienware 25 AW2518H model includes custom AlienFX lighting effects. That’s a customizable RGB lighting system that illuminates the back of the monitor.


BenQ PD3200U

  • 4K 3,840 x 2,160 resolution
  • 100% sRGB color palette
  • 60 Hz refresh rate
  • 4 ms response time
  • Slight flickering problem

The BenQ PD3200U is a terrific design monitor that’s ideal for graphics design, animating, and image editing. The standout specification of the BenQ PD3200U is its 4K 3,840 x 2,160 resolution that few other VDUs can match.

This is an IPS monitor with a 100% sRGB color palette for stunning color precision. As such, the BenQ has fantastic picture quality; but with a 60 Hz refresh rate and four ms response time, its response performance is not so strong.

Another great thing about the PD3200U is its unique designer display modes. The monitor includes a CAD/CAM Mode that enhances contrast for lines and shapes, which is great for wireframe models. The VDU’s innovative Animation Mode lightens image areas with dark shadows.


Samsung U28E590D

  • One billion color palette
  • 4K UHD 2160p resolution
  • HDMI 2.0 and Display Port connectivities
  • AMD FreeSync and 1ms (GTG) response time
  • Poor viewing angles

The Samsung U28E590D is a great value 28-inch 4K VDU. This is an Ultra HD monitor that has a one billion color palette for more detailed picture quality. Samsung has also enhanced the VDU for gaming with the inclusion of AMD FreeSync to eliminate screen tearing in games.

Furthermore, the U28E590D has a terrific 1 ms response time. As a 4K monitor, it doesn’t have the best frame rate, but its 60 Hz refresh rate is still ok for 4K gaming.

Aside from its great picture quality, the U28E590D also includes Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture viewing modes. With Picture-by-Picture, you can watch output from two input sources simultaneously.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. Need more guides? Visit our dedicated Monitors Hub.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2018 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.